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URBAN GRIOTS AWARDS 2009
Nominees + Winners

After the participation of over 1000 people, including over 175 nomination ballots and over 30 judges in the spoken word and spoken word related communities in Minnesota and beyond, ranging from artists to organizers to promoters to press, and noted artists in the field, the winners of the 2009 Urban Griots Awards were announced at the Awards ceremony on April 3rd at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. With an audience of over 300 artists and fans, including a number of noted groundbreakers in the community, the Awards show was a resounding success. Votes were cast from locales as distant as Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, and many parts of the U.S., for 32 categories, with Peoples Awards and a Judges Awards being presented for each category, with the exception of the Hall of Fame categories, where there votes were combined to determine the inductees. In addition, a special Outstanding Contribution category was created and awarded to e.g. bailey, for all his work and efforts to create and organize the Urban Griots Award.

The historic night was full of energy and excitement. The evening was hosted by Tiyo Siyolo and e.g. bailey. DJ Mix.well kept the crowd entertained throughout the evening. Performers included Bao Phi, Ibe Kaba, Kyle ‘El Guante’ Myhre, Ed Bok Lee, Chantz Erolin, Kyra Calvert, Palabristas (Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria + Lorena Duarte), Edupoetic Enterbrainment (Frank Sentwali, Tiyo Siyolo + Queen Drea), St. Paul Slam Team, Mpls Slam Team, Marie Chante + Sol Testimony, J. Otis Powell! + Autumn Compton, Moira Pirsch, Poetic Assassins, and Voices Merging. There were also a surprise guest performance by 4-time National Poetry Slam champion, Patricia Smith. We also had a special presentation of the Two Tongues Award by noted I Self Devine. The evening was capped off with a headlining performance by Hyder Ali.

We want to thank all of you that supported the Awards and the process, including the artists, the judges, the voters, the performers, the promoters, and especially the community as a whole. We also want to thank the Varsity Theater, and all our sponsors, KMOJ and KFAI, along with the Liberator Magazine. In addition, we want to give a special thanks to Tousue Vang, who created the graphic animations for the evening, and also to Shadi Mahboubi who created the flyers. Most of all, we want to thank the Organizing Committee for all the work and input to help make the Awards happen.

We look forward to the next Urban Griots Awards, and look forward to making the Awards even stronger with new developments and reaching out to even more artists, judges and voters. We are also looking for folks that are interesting in helping out with the Organizing Committee and the Awards process, and helping us to further develop and evolve the Awards.

Below are the list of categories, the nominees and the winners for both the Peoples Awards and the Judges Awards. For more information about the Urban Griots Awards, or are interested in participating in the Awards process, or if you have any questions, please email mnswa.mail@gmail.com.

Thank you all once again for your support.

MN Spoken Word Association
& the Organizing Committee

“Elevating community through the art of Spoken Word”

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ARTIST CATEGORIES

SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR (The most accomplished Spoken Word artist, as an artist, as a producer, as an organizer, or all of the above.) (This can also include artists from past years, as far back as 2000, even artists that may not be as active currently as they once were.)

• MALE (MN)

JUDGES AWARD: TRUTHMAZE
PEOPLE’S AWARD: BAO PHI

Nominees:
1. Khary ‘6 is 9’ Jackson
2. Ibe Kaba
3. Kyle ‘El Guante’ Myhre
4. Bao Phi
5. Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria
6. Truthmaze

(A select list of other nominees included: Bobby Wilson, J. Otis Powell!, Frank Sentwali, Ed Bok Lee, Wonder Dave, Tiyo Siyolo, B.U.G.S., Christopher Schillock, Jamie Wynn, Diego Vasquez, Rush Merchant, Tou Saiko Lee, Rodney ‘October’ Dixon, Emmanuel Ortiz, David Mura, Matthew Rucker, David La Terre, Louis Alemayehu, Michael Mlekoday, Robert Karimi)

• FEMALE (MN)

JUDGES AWARD: SHA CAGE + TISH JONES (TIE)
PEOPLES AWARD: SHA CAGE

Nominees:
1. Sha Cage
2. Desdamona
3. Lorena Duarte
4. (i am) Isis
5. Tish Jones

(A select list of other nominees included: Younique, Dessa Darling, Sierra DeMulder, Cynthia French, Divinewords, Marie Chante, Maryama Green, Sarah Agaton Howes, Juliana Hu Pegues, Edye ‘Dekaag’ Howes, Sol Testimony, Verse, Katie Ka Vang, Laura Winton, Jen Smiley Face, Black Pearl, Brittany Delaney, Christy NaMee Eriksen, Madame Mimi, Moira Pirsch, Mankwe Ndosi, Karma the Oddesst Goddess, Yaya)

• MALE (NATIONAL/INTL)

JUDGES AWARD: TAALAM ACEY
PEOPLES AWARD: SAUL WILLIAMS

Nominees:
1. Taalam Acey
2. Ainsley Burrows
3. Leonard Cohen
4. Paul Flores
5. Shane Koyczan
6. Giles Li
7. Anis Mojgani
8. Dwayne Morgan
9. Adam Pergament
10. Saul Williams

(A select list of other nominees included: Carl Hancock Rux, Marc Pinate, Black Ice, Stephen Bor, Edwin Torres, Buddy Wakefield, Amir Suliaman, Zell Miller III, Colin Ehara, Mike Ladd, Kevin Coval, Tshaka Imhotep, Tyehimba Jess, Beau Sia, Casey Denagen, Doug Kearney, Dennis Kim)

• FEMALE (NATIONAL/INTL)

JUDGES AWARD: ISHLE PARK
PEOPLES AWARD: QUEEN SHEBA

Nominees:
1. Jessica Care Moore
2. Mayda Del Valle
3. Rachel McKibbens
4. Ishle Park
5. Sunni Patterson
6. Queen Sheba

(A select list of other nominees included: Jayne Fenton Keane, Suheir Hammad, Karen Gibson, Liza Garza, Kay Barrett, Patricia Smith, Vanessa Hidary, D’Lo, Shannon Leigh, Dasha Kelly, Leticia Hernandez, Destiny 7 Manifest, Rha Goddess, Ursula Rucker, Dana Bryant, Anna Savage)

SPOKEN WORD COLLECTIVE/BAND OF THE YEAR (MN) (The most accomplished Spoken Word collective or band.) (This can also include artists from past years, as far back as 2000, even artists that may not be as active currently as they once were.) (Examples: Ancestor Energy, Palabristas, Arkology, NOW!, Poetic Assassins, The Poet Tree, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: ANCESTOR ENERGY
PEOPLES AWARD: PALABRISTAS

Nominees:
1. Ancestor Energy
2. Arkology
3. Edupoetic Enterbrainment
4. Palabristas
5. Poetic Assassins

(A select list of other nominees included: The Poet Tree, Invisible Jazz, Rock Star Storytellers, Talk Ugly to Me, Lit 6, Voices Merging, Making Oral History, NOW!, Talking Roots Crew)

SLAM POET OF THE YEAR (MN) (The most accomplished Slam poet.)

JUDGES AWARD: KHARY JACKSON
PEOPLES AWARD: KYLE ‘EL GUANTE’ MYHRE

Nominees:
1. Sierra DeMulder
2. Homeless Ryan K
3. Khary ‘6 is 9’ Jackson
4. Michael Mlekoday
5. Kyle ‘El Guante’ Myhre

(A select list of other nominees included: Toussaint Morrison, Wonder Dave, Shane Hawley, Cynthia French, Diego Vasquez, Matthew Rucker, Bao Phi, Rodney ‘October’ Dixon, Ibe Kaba, Michael Shaeffer, EZRA)

YOUTH SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR (MN) (The strongest youth Spoken Word artist that is under 21)

JUDGES AWARD: DANEZ SMITH
PEOPLES AWARD: BRITTANY DELANEY

Nominees:
1. Chantz Erolin
2. Brittany Delaney
3. Maryama Green
4. Danez Smith
5. Kelsey ‘Pyro’ Van Ert
6. Berato Wilson

(A select list of other nominees included: S’Sence, Kyra Calvert, Younique, Chopstix, Andrew Thomas, Jeremy Levinger, Jake Virden, Sydney Arnold)

NEW SPOKEN WORD ARTIST OF THE YEAR (MN) (The strongest new Spoken Word artist in the community. They cannot have been a part of the Spoken Word for more than 1 year.)

JUDGES AWARD: AIMEE RENAUD
PEOPLES AWARD: COLE ‘INK TEA’ SARAR

Nominees:
1. Kyra Calvert
2. Aimee Renaud
3. Cole ‘Ink Tea’ Sarar
4. Jake Virden
5. Adrian Waters

TWO TONGUES AWARD (MN) (The most noted Spoken Word + Hip Hop artist that most fluently navigates between the Spoken Word + Hip Hop art forms.) (Examples: Truthmaze, Desdamona, El Guante, Chantz Erolin, Dessa, Slug, Maria Isa, Toki Wright, Younique, Tish Jones, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: DESSA + TRUTHMAZE
PEOPLES AWARD: DESDAMONA

Nominees:
1. Desdamona
2. Dessa
3. El Guante
4. Tish Jones
5. Truthmaze

(A select list of other nominees included: Maria Isa, Younique, Chantz Erolin, Karma the Oddest Goddess, Toki Wright, Tou Saiko Lee, Slug)

EVENT PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (MN) (The individual or organization noted for the quality and/or quantity of Spoken Word events they produce in the community.) (Examples: Frank Sentwali, Desdamona + Kevin Washington, Bao Phi, Matthew Rucker, Wonder Dave, Cynthia French, Jamie Wynn, e.g. bailey + Sha Cage, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: FRANK SENTWALI
PEOPLES AWARD: BAO PHI

Nominees:
1. e.g. bailey + Sha Cage
2. Desdamona + Kevin Washington
3. Bao Phi
4. Frank Sentwali
5. Wonder Dave + Allison Broeren

(A select list of other nominees included: Matthew Rucker, Rodrigo Sanchez, Tou Saiko Lee, Laura Winton, Sarah Agaton Howes, Carolyn Holbrook, Tom Cassidy, Voices Merging, Tish Jones, Torianno Sanzone, Ibe Kaba, Isis, Vibin Collective, Mary Tinucci)

MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (MN) (The most noted musical producer who works most consistently with Spoken Word artists.)

JUDGES AWARD: TOM SCOTT
PEOPLES AWARD: SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE

Nominees:
1. Brandon All Day
2. Father Time
3. Platinum Mind Entertainment
4. See More Perspective
5. Tom Scott

(A select list of other nominees included: Ben Durrant, Cedric Bolton, Rush Merchant)

INNOVATOR AWARD (MN) (An artist that has innovated the Spoken Word art form and/or the community in significant ways.)

JUDGES AWARD: J. OTIS POWELL!
PEOPLES AWARD: SHA CAGE

Nominees:
1. Sha Cage
2. Carolyn Holbrook
3. Bao Phi
4. J. Otis Powell!
5. Truthmaze

(A select list of other nominees included: Chris Schillock, Tou Saiko Lee, Isis, Terry Folz, Juliana Hu Pegues + Tatiana Ormaza, Desdamona, Laura Winton, Ed Bok Lee, Marcie Rendon, Scott Helmes, Louis Alemayehu, Ndosi, Robert Karimi, Roy McBride, Frank Sentwali)

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER AWARD (MN) (An artist that has mobilized the Spoken Word community in significant ways.) (Examples: Carolyn Holbrook, J. Otis Powell!, Bao Phi, e.g. bailey, Sha Cage, Tou Siako Lee, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: E.G. BAILEY + SHA CAGE
PEOPLES AWARD: E.G. BAILEY + SHA CAGE

Nominees:
1. e.g. bailey + Sha Cage
2. Carolyn Holbrook
3. Tou Saiko Lee
4. Bao Phi
5. J. Otis Powell!

(A select list of other nominees included: El Guante, Mankwe Ndosi, Julie Bates, Rodrigo Sanchez, Desdamona, Laura Winton, Ed Bok Lee, Cole ‘Ink Tea, Sarar, Reggie Harris, Emmanuel Ortiz, Laurie Carlos, Rodney ‘October’ Dixon, Diego Vasquez, Matthew Rucker, Moira Pirsch)

ARTS ACTIVIST AWARD (MN) (An artist that is committed to activism through Spoken Word)

JUDGES AWARD: JULIANA HU PEGUES
PEOPLES AWARD: KYLE ‘EL GUANTE’ MYHRE

Nominees:
1. Juliana Hu Pegues
2. Bao Phi
3. Tou Saiko Lee
4. Kyle ‘El Guante’ Myhre
5. Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria

(A select list of other nominees included: Palabristas, Sha Cage, Tish Jones, Sarah Agaton Howes, B.U.G.S., Lydia Howell, Ibe Kaba, Bobby Wilson, Julie Bates, Louis Alemayehu, Wonder Dave, Poetic Assassins, Karma the Oddest Goddess, Emmanuel Ortiz, Reggie Harris)

CULTURAL AWARD (MN) (An award to recognize artists that are honoring, celebrating and/or influencing their cultural/community through the art of Spoken Word.) (Examples: Ibe Kaba, Rodrigo Sanchez, Bao Phi, Palabristas, e.g. bailey, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: IBE KABA
PEOPLES AWARD: PALABRISTAS

Nominees:
1. Ibe Kaba
2. Tou Saiko Lee
3. Palabristas
4. Bao Phi
5. Bobby Wilson

(A select list of other nominees included: Sha Cage, Lorena Duarte, Rodrigo Sanchez, Juliana Pegues, Madame Mimi, Truthmaze, Sarah Agaton Howes, Ed Bok Lee, Maria Isa, Katie Ka Vang)

BEST DJ AWARD (MN) (The most noted DJ who works most consistently with Spoken Word artists and/or spoken word events.) (Examples: DJ Stage One, DJ Mix.well, DJ Fundamentalist, DJ Last Word, DJ Francisco, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: DJ FUNDAMENTALIST
PEOPLES AWARD: DJ MIX.WELL

Nominees:
1. DJ Drea
2. DJ Fundamentalist
3. DJ Mix.well
4. Thuyet Nguyen
5. Tiyo Siyolo

(A select list of other nominees included: DJ Stage One, DJ Last Word, DJ Trinidad, DJ Jennifer, DJ Francisco, DJ Chamindika)

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD (MN) (An award to recognize artists and contributions that don’t easily fit into any category.)

JUDGES AWARD: LAURA ‘FLUFFY SINGLER’ WINTON
PEOPLES AWARD: MINNESOTAMICROPHONE.COM

Nominees:
1. Dancin’ Dave
2. Juanita Espinosa
3. MinnesotaMicrophone.com
4. Moira Pirsch
5. J. Otis Powell!
6. Laura “Fluffy Singler” Winton

(A select list of other nominees included: Chris Schillock, Marcie Rendon, Birchbark Books, Carolyn Holbrook, Ruth Stevens, Ancient Traders, Louis Alemayehu, Bruce Axelrod, Sha Cage)

EVENT CATEGORIES

EVENT OF THE YEAR (MN) (The most noted Spoken Word event of the year, that stands out in terms of concept, production and performance.) (Examples: Sekou Sundiata’s 51st Dream State, Poet’s of the City Final Blowout, Singers of Daybreak Conference, 2002 National Poetry Slam, Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: SEKOU SUNDIATA’S 51ST (DREAM) STATE (WALKER ART CENTER)
PEOPLES AWARD: ?NATION OF IMMIGRANTS? CD RELEASE PARTY (BAO PHI/LOFT)

Nominees:
1. National Poetry Slam 2002 (SASE: The Write Place/Poetry Slam Inc.)
2. Nation of Immigrants CD Release Party (Bao Phi/The Loft)
3. Nu Griots Showcase (The Givens Foundation)
4. The Final Word!: The Poets of the City Super Show (Frank Sentwali/Sentwali Entertainment)
5. Sekou Sundiata’s The 51st (Dream) State (Walker Art Center)
6. Singers of Daybreak Spoken Word Conference 2001 (MN Spoken Word Association (MNSWA))

(A select list of other nominees included: Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, MNSWA’s Environmental Slam, EQ’s Queer Asian American Show, Edwin Torres at U of M, Late Nite (with Black Ice and with Kim Thompson), Mizna Show with Pangea)

BEST OPEN MIC, SLAM OR SPOKEN WORD SERIES (MN) (The most noted Spoken Word regular or seasonal/periodic open mic, or Spoken Word series.) (Examples: Soapboxing (Artist Quarter), Slam MN Series (Kiernan’s), Poet’s Groove (Blue Nile), Poets of the City (Various Venues), Equilibrium (The Loft), Voices Merging (U of M), etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: POETS GROOVE (DESDAMONA + KEVIN WASHINGTON/BLUE NILE)
PEOPLES AWARD: EQUILIBRIUM (BAO PHI/THE LOFT)

Nominees:
1. Equilibrium Series (Bao Phi/The Loft)
2. Poets Groove (Desdamona + Kevin Washington/Blue Nile)
3. Quest for the Voice Youth Slam Series (MN Spoken Word Association (MNSWA)/Various Venues)
4. Soap-Boxing (Matthew Rucker/Artist Quarter)
5. Voices Merging Open Mic (Voices Merging/U of M)

(A select list of other nominees included: Slam MN (Kiernans), Late Nite (Pillsbury Theatre), Tha Remix (Capri), Coffee Gallery Open Mic, People’s Open Mic (MNSWA), Anodyne Coffee Shop Open Mic, Patrick’s Cabaret, Mellow Mondays (Favor Cafe), Poets of the City Series, El Cafe Burrito Open Mic, ICE Open Mic, Balls Cabaret (Southern Theatre), Riot Act Reading Series, Ibe’s Open Mic)

BEST RADIO SHOW AWARD (MN) (The most noted Spoken Word or Spoken Word related radio show, and or podcast, that is dedicated to showcasing Spoken Word artists and work.) (Examples: Urban Griots Radio Show (KMOJ), Tehuti: From the Griot to the MC (KFAI), Write On RaDio (KFAI), etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: WRITE ON RADIO! (KFAI RADIO)
PEOPLES AWARD: URBAN GRIOTS AWARD (KMOJ RADIO)

Nominees:
1. Con Safos Radio (Hamline University)
2. Electric Arc Radio Show (The Current)
3. Tehuti: From the Griot to the MC (KFAI Radio)
4. Urban Griots (KMOJ Radio)
5. Write On RaDio! (KFAI Radio)

ART WORK/CREATIVE WORK CATEGORIES

SPOKEN WORD ALBUM OF THE YEAR (The most noted Spoken Word album of the year.)

• (MINNESOTA)

JUDGES AWARD: AMBER PEOPLE – SHA CAGE
PEOPLES AWARD: AMBER PEOPLE – SHA CAGE + ?NATION OF IMMIGRANTS? – VARIOUS ARTISTS (TIE)

Nominees:
1. Amber People – Sha Cage
2. Desconocidos – Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria
3. Refugeography – Bao Phi
4. Nation of Immigrants – Various Artists
5. Words Will Heal the Wound (Volume One) – Various Artists

(A select list of other nominees included: Theology: Love + Revolution – J. Otis Powell!, The Source – Desdamona, Patriotic Duty – Edupoetic Enterbrainment, Expansions + Contractions (Psoems 1:1) – Truthmaze, Home Cookin’ – Rush Merchant, Invisible Jazz – Chris Schillock/Tabitha, El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment – El Guante, Allwhere – Ancestor Energy)

• NATIONAL/INTL

JUDGES AWARD: APOTHECARY RX – CARL HANCOCK RUX
PEOPLES AWARD: BROKEN SPEAK – I WAS BORN WITH TWO TONGUES

Nominees:
1. Amethyst Rock Star – Saul Williams
2. Apothecary Rx – Carl Hancock Rux
3. Broken Speak – i was born with 2 tongues
4. Code Blues – Taalam Acey
5. Dead Man Walking – Amir Sulaiman
6. Saul Williams – Saul Williams
7. The Message – Queen Sheba
8. Underground – Broadcast Live

(A select list of other nominees included: Longstoryshort – Sekou Sundiata, Mixed Greens – Dasha Kelly, Evidence of Silence Broken – Zell Miller III, Soul Searching – Daniel Allen Vaughn, Supa Sista – Ursula Rucker, Welcome to the Afterfuture – Mike Ladd, Work is Love – Ishle Park, The Inevitable Rise of Niggy Tardust – Saul Williams, Strange Fruit – Mums the Schemer)

SPOKEN WORD SONG/TRACK OF THE YEAR (The most noted single Spoken Word recording of the year. It must be a track that has been recorded and released, even if it is independently or DIY release.)

• (MINNESOTA)

JUDGES AWARD: 17 – EDUPOETIC ENTERBRAINMENT (FROM 17 (SINGLE))
PEOPLES AWARD: THE SECRET TO LIFE IN AMERICA – ED BOK LEE (FROM ?NATION OF IMMIGRANTS?)

Nominees:
1. 17 – Edupoetic Enterbrainment (from 17 (Single))
2. America – e.g. bailey (from America (Single))
3. My Words – Sha Cage (from Amber People)
4. North Side Blues Song – Truthmaze (from Expansions + Contractions (Psoems 1:1))
5. The Secret to Life in America – Ed Bok Lee (from Nation of Immigrants)
6. Write On! – Younique (from Real Spit)

(A select list of other nominees included: Momma I’m Hungry – Marie Chante, Under the Table – Juliana Hu Pegues + Tatiana Ormaza, These Hands – Rodrigo Sanchez, Two Tongues – Bao Phi + Truthmaze, Grand Suns – Bobby Wilson, Red Queen – Lorena Duarte, My Sunshine – Chadword)

• NATIONAL/INTL

JUDGES AWARD: POETRY DOES NOT BELONG TO YOU – QUEEN SHEBA (FROM THE MESSAGE) + FEB. 4 ’99 (FOR ALL THOSE KILLED BY COPS) – MIKE LADD (FROM WELCOME TO THE AFTERFUTURE)

PEOPLES AWARD: OM NIA AMERICAN – SAUL WILLIAMS (FROM AMETHYST ROCK STAR)

Nominees:
1. Feb. 4 ’99 (For All Those Killed by Cops) – Mike Ladd (from Welcome to the Afterfuture)
2. I Got the Blues (125th Street Blues) – Asheena McNeil (from People’s Poetry Gathering)
3. All I Wanted Was To Be Love Aloud – Tshaka Imhotep
4. Magic Bullet – Sekou Sundiata (from Longstoryshort)
5. My Pen (Original) – Rha Goddess (from Soulah Vibe)
6. Om Nia American – Saul Williams (from Amethyst Rock Star)
7. Poetry Does Not Belong to You – Queen Sheba (from The Message)
8. Song for Trent Lott… – Roger Bonair Agard (from 5 Past 13: a little bit LOUDER (Volume One))

(A select list of other nominees included: Black Stacey – Saul Williams, Beautiful Poem – Ise Lyfe, The Word – Regie Gibson, Five Women – Taalam Acey, Han – i was born with 2 tongues)

BEST SPOKEN WORD FEATURE ON AN ALBUM (MN) (The most noted guest Spoken Word feature on an album. This is a feature that is an independent track on an album, rather than a guest spot on a song. An example is Ursula Rucker’s features on the Roots albums, which are independent tracks on the albums, not guest spots on a Roots song. It can be an album of any genre of music)

JUDGES AWARD: NOMI ON KING PHILIP (FROM POWER STRUGGLE’S ARSON AT THE PETTING FACTORY)
PEOPLES AWARD: DESDAMONA ON PRESS REWIND (FROM CHEAP COLOGNE’S SOMETHING RANDOM)

Nominees:
1. Desdamona on Press Rewind (from Cheap Cologne’s Something Random)
2. Douglas Kearney on A Word From Our Sponsor (from Nazirah P. Mickey’s Nazirah’s Playhouse)
3. Nomi on King Philip (from Power Struggle’s Arson At The Petting Factory)
4. Mark Murphy on Out Loud (from Wookiefoot’s Domesticated: The story of nothing and the monkey)
5. Slug on Pride’s Paranoia (from Varietals (Volume One) Compilation)

BEST SPOKEN WORD FEATURE ON A TRACK (MN) (The most noted guest Spoken Word feature on a song/track. It can be a track of any genre of music. It must be a track that has been recorded and released, even if it is independently or DIY release.)

JUDGES AWARD: RHAPSODE ON PLANET REMIX (FROM DESDAMONA’S THE LEDGE)
PEOPLES AWARD: TRUTHMAZE ON MOVING ON (FROM LEROY SMOKES’ LOVE HUSTLE THEATER)

Nominees:
1. Douglas Kearney on Crossroads of Convenient Stores (from Bao Phi’s Refugeography)
2. Madame Mimi on The Last Poet (from e.g. bailey’s America (Single))
3. Emmanuel Ortiz on Painkillers (from Big Quarter’s Cost of Living)
4. J. Otis Powell! on This Cat is Out (from Donald Washington’s This Cat is Out)
5. Rhapsode on Planet Remix (from Desdamona’s The Ledge)
6. Truthmaze on Moving On (from Leroy Smoke’s Love Hustle Theater)

BEST SPOKEN WORD/HIP HOP THEATRE PRODUCTION (MN) (The most noted Spoken Word/Hip Hop Theatre production created and/or produced by a Minnesota based Spoken Word/Hip Hop Theatre artist.) (Examples: Karma the Oddest Goddess’ Waking Up Ghetto, LP’s Patriot Acts, Soulistic Playhouse’s The Remix, Poetic Assassins, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: LP’S PATRIOT ACTS (PANGEA WORLD THEATRE’S BRIDGES PROJECT)
PEOPLES AWARD: POETIC ASSASSINS (POETIC ASSASSINS)

Nominees:
1. 2704 (Pangea World Theatre’s Bridges Project)
2. LP’s Patriot Acts (Pangea World Theatre’s Bridges Project)
3. Poetic Assassins (Poetic Assassins)
4. for colored girls and black boys: the remix (Soulistic Playhouse)
5. Waking Up Ghetto (Karma the Oddest Goddess/Soulistic Playhouse)

BEST SPOKEN WORD/THEATRE PRODUCTION (NATIONAL/INTL) (The most noted Spoken Word/Hip Hop Theatre production created and/or produced by a national Spoken Word/Hip Hop Theatre artist, that has been produced in Minnesota.) (Examples: Sekou Sundiata’s 51st Dream State, Marc Bamuthi’s The Break/s, Zell Miller III’s The Evidence of Silence Broken, Universes’ S’language, Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chicano Messengers, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: SEKOU SUNDIATA’S THE 51ST (DREAM) STATE (WALKER ART CENTER)
PEOPLES AWARD: RUSSELL SIMMON’S DEF POETRY JAM (HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST)

Nominees:
1. Sekou Sundiata’s The 51st (Dream) State (Walker Art Center)
2. Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s the break/s (Walker Art Center)
3. Chicano Messengers of Spoken Word (Chicano Messengers/Macalester College/Tru Ruts’ Freestyle Theatre/The Loft’s Equilibrium Series)
4. Russell Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam (Hennepin Theatre Trust)
5. Zell Miller III’s The Evidence of Silence Broken (Tru Rut’s Freestyle Theatre/Pillsbury House Theatre)

BOOK OF THE YEAR (MN) (The most noted book, chapbook and/or collection. of poetry, released by a Spoken Word artist.)

JUDGES AWARD: FEAR, SOME – DOUGLAS KEARNEY
PEOPLES AWARD: REAL KARAOKE PEOPLE – ED BOK LEE

Nominees:
1. Bridge Across the Atlantic – Ibe Kaba
2. Fear, Some – Douglas Kearney
3. Outside the Lines – Palabristas
4. Real Karaoke People – Ed Bok Lee
5. Shotgun Samurai Vampire Hip Hop – El Guante

(A select list of other nominees included: Spiral Bound – Dessa Darling, On the Other Side of the Eye – Bryan Thao Worra, Soapboxing Chapbook (2008), Never Said – Katie Ka Vang, Koi + Crufixes – Chadword, Surviving the Translation – Bao Phi)

BEST SPOKEN WORD RECORD LABEL (NATIONAL/INTL) (The most noted Spoken Word and/or Spoken Word related record label. The label needs to have produced more than one Spoken Word or Spoken Word related release.) (Examples: PoetCD.com, Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records, Strange Famous Records, etc.)

JUDGES AWARD: OZONE MUSIC
PEOPLES AWARD: TRU RUTS/SPEAKEASY RECORDS

Nominees:
1. Ozone
2. Oya Exclusive
3. PoetCD.com
4. Shaya Records
5. Strange Famous
6. Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION (MN) (Outstanding contributions to the spoken word community. A special award created to honor the work and efforts of e.g. bailey.)

JUDGES AWARD: E.G. BAILEY

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• MN SPOKEN WORD HALL OF FAME

Minnesota has a long history and tradition of Spoken Word that should be recognized and highlighted. This category is to honor that tradition and those that have laid the foundation for the community today. The artists nominated for this category must have been working the in Spoken Word community for at least 7 years, and have made significant contributions to the Spoken Word community in Minnesota and/or beyond. The national Spoken Word movement also has a long tradition that should be recognized and highlighted. Because Minnesota has a long standing focus on the history and tradition of the art form, we included this category in order to recognized artists that have made significant contributions to the development of the Spoken Word art form.

MN SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS

2009 INDUCTEE: J. OTIS POWELL!

Nominees:
1. Louis Alemayehu
2. Carolyn Holbrook
3. David Mura
4. J. Otis Powell!
5. Marcie Rendon

NATIONAL SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS

2009 INDUCTEES: AMIRI BARAKA + THE LAST POETS

Nominees:
1. Amiri Baraka
2. Allen Ginsberg
3. Gil Scott Heron
4. The Last Poets
5. Patricia Smith
6. Marc Smith
7. Sekou Sundiata
8. Anne Waldman
9. Bob Holman

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